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Apr 22, 2019 - all good things come to an end

It's hard to believe, but we are finally at home to stay for a while. This trip began at the beginning of September and except for a holiday hiatus, we have been in the motor home so long, it feels more like home than our house does. We could have made it all the way here yesterday, but the driver was getting tired of driving and since he never gets any help from me, he calls the shots. The motor home does not fit very well on the tiny street in front of our house, so we try to bring it home clean and ready to unpack. So we stayed in Elhart...

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Dec 25, 2018 - Merry Christmas

Because Thanksgiving was unusually early this year, we’ve enjoyed lots of time at home. Even so the time really flew by; perhaps this is a symptom of our old age. Every day is full; I never get as much done as I plan. After a great Thanksgiving feast at our niece’s home, the time was filled by doctors’ visits. Because our medical insurance is best utilized while we are in Illinois, I had appointments stacked up like pancakes. Most were routine, but an additional surgery on my heel was unexpected and unwanted. Two years ago I had surgery to...

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Nov 19, 2018 - ready to get out of the car

Another long, but uneventful day of driving has brought us home again. We watched the leaves disappear from the trees and the sky darken. Most of Illinois is flat and dull looking, especially when the fields are bare. But the roads were dry and clear and we cannot complain. Holiday decorations will lift the spirits and ground us in the fact that it really is winter.

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Sep 1, 2018 - ready to follow the 70º's

I can’t believe that the summer is already over as the Labor Day weekend brings it to an official end, even as warm temperatures keep us in shorts and sandals. We have enjoyed our stay at home and are grateful that we can afford to own what we have come to refer to as our summer home and as well as a traveling home. So many wonderful choices. It’s easy to work on fitness in our active adult community. We’ve played tennis three times a week and golfed twice a week and taken some wonderful bike rides throughout the summer. The Memorial Day...

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May 15, 2018 - home again

The weather in Seattle was perfect. I heard a man on the phone saying that he had been there three days and had a burn from all the sunshine. Not what you expect in Seattle. However, our flight home was delayed by weather here; large thunderstorms were marching across the midwest and they held us on the ground until it seemed likely that we would be able to land when we finally got here. There was some turbulence, but nothing major so we were surprised when we disembarked and the luggage carousels shut down because of lightening. We waited...

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Mar 23, 2018 - board the plane for Fiji

We've been working hard putting away all the big piles of stuff we took out of the motor home after living there for six months and making small piles for the adventure that beings today. After having the freedom to travel with a condensed version of our house, it is a challenge to decide what to bring. We need to stop planning trips that travel through multiple climate zones. After today's stopover in Las Angeles, we will fly on to Fiji, where it surely be hot and humid. When we fly to Australia, the first week will be spent in Tasmania,...

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Mar 14, 2018 - half a day more

Our strategy to linger in the St. Louis area to give the recent snowfall at home a chance to melt was a good one. By the time we got home the sun was out and the roads clear and dry. Since our toilet facilities were in lockdown, we were glad to see that the four rest area between here and there were open. Recently we have noticed states cutting corners and saving money by shutting down these tourist friendly facilities. Most of the time we can stop in any parking lot to have a meal and recharge our figurative batteries in the motor home,...

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Dec 7, 2017 - complain or give thanks?

We enjoy theater and cultural events; that's one of many reasons we are happy to live near Chicago. During December many special performances with a holiday theme are scheduled. Sometimes by the time we get home, most of them are sold out, so I tried to be more proactive this time. We enjoyed the performance of Irving Berlin's White Christmas last week and looked forward to attending the Second City's Dysfunctional Christmas show at the Paramount Theater in Aurora. We knew that this theater had performances of Elf, but thought of it as a...

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Nov 20, 2017 - in a holiday mood

TV reporters standing at the airport lamenting the size of the crowds, seem to have become part of the holiday tradition, whether there really are crowds or not. Granted by flying home on the Monday before Thanksgiving, we were intentionally trying to avoid the worst of it, but you couldn't have asked for a smoother trip home. And we know holiday crowds at the airport. The evening we returned to O'Hare after Christmas when weather delays had totally snarled much of the northern US, there were so many suitcases without owners around the...

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Sep 4, 2017 - summer in review

Summer is our favorite time to be at home. We like to stay out of the way of families, who can only take vacations when school is not in session. The weather allows us to do lots outside and we love to take advantage of the cultural activities that Chicago offers. However, we haven't been able to do those kinds of things until fairly recently and our stay at home has been unusually long. I had surgery May 9 to remove a bone spur in my heel that was shredding my Achilles tendon. Recovery time was forecast to be 6 - 10 months. We couldn't...

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May 3, 2017 - home again

We felt so very lucky that we had enough frequent flyer miles for be able to book a flight home in Business Class via Munich. We left so early, we couldn't have breakfast at the hotel, but the Business Class lounge in Rome provided the hospitality we have come to expect. When we booked the flight, the layover in Germany was adequate, but the airline changed the schedule twice and the interval grew smaller. And the Italians are not noted for punctuality. Sure enough, our departure from Rome was delayed and we lost the gate when we arrived in...

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Mar 28, 2017 - board the plane for Singapore

Usually when we go to the airport on a long trip we rent a car at the local university airport and take ourselves there. It's a bit of a hassle because we have to stop for gas, bring the tollway machine and shuttle from the car lot to the terminal. It's been half the price of a limo: worth it. But this time the tariffs were the same. The limo arrived so early, I didn't have time to wonder if it would show up. Nice! Through judicious management of credit card expenses that earn frequent flyer miles we are flying to Singapore on Cathay...

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